Building a World-Class Lab From Scratch

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Science  23 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2157
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2157

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ABIDJAN, CÔTE D'IVOIRE-- In 1996, Projet RETRO-CI, a U.S.-Ivoirian collaboration funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hired virologist John Nkengasong to build a virology lab from scratch. Now Nkengasong runs one of the best equipped HIV labs in sub-Saharan Africa and has published dozens of papers helping to clarify properties of specific strains of the virus.